My Grand Cherokee has about 170,000 miles on it now and it's still going strong. If you're looking for a vehicle and you're afraid about high mileage, do not dismiss the '96 Grand Cherokee. It's powerful, it's comfortable, and it rides well for an SUV. Gas mileage is not great though. We've only had a few problems with it- anti freeze leak, bearings wearing out in rear. Other than that, its a good, solid, reliable vehicle that you can take literally ANYWHERE. Thumbs up
Put the spare tire somewhere else. It makes it awkward to fit things in the back with the tire in the way. Do a better job on the headliner as well- it comes loose around the edges and we keep fixing it but it won't hold. That's all, though.